Has reported the effective of the Garrison. Should be thirty-five men per company. Customary allowance in other regiments for Colonel, Captain, Agent and Widow, not made in this. Hopes he has not forgotten to include these items in present estimates. Has had no power to hold general courtsmartial, since the expiry of the act (Mutiny?) on the 26th of March. Garrisons abroad must in consequence be six months every year without martial law. No report from Placentia for six months. Sends list of useless officers; wants them reprimanded or removed. Commends specially Broad- street, a gentleman volunteer who has been most useful in the King's service, often going express as much as forty leagues through the woods at peril of his life. Wants "to reward him with a Coulors." His stay has been vexatious and expensive. The French inhabitants (non-jurors to a man) are very angry and plotting mischief.
Dispute here between the people of the Ordnance and the Garrison, settled in a satisfactory manner. Quarrel due to idleness, want of discipline, and strong liquors, Mascerene, whom he cannot sufficiently commend, has reported upon the fortifications, as it was necessary, in consequence of communicating new orders to the French and Indians, to put ourselves in a posture of defence. Most of the £200 put into his hands has been sent to Placentia in materials.